Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk, UK

In late September 2012, when we moved from Boston to the UK, we discovered Wells-Next-The-Sea… the kids were so young and it was all so new.  Soren was very excited and asked to purchase the union jack flag – which of course I did and they were loving them for about two days until they broke!

It was also our first experience with the British Seaside and my new found love of beach huts… which at first I didn’t get but now would love one of my own.

Fast forward two years and MANY visits, we are area experts and despite even cold weather, find it a nice day to walk the beach…  Just two days ago we were wandering on the wide-open beach in search of the best beach hut while the boys explored the water … too mucky for us girls!

 

So many were badly damaged in the Dec 5th storm but nice to see most have been rebuilt back up and some new ones added in…

 

 

 

 

or crab with friends from The Netherlands..

or swim… and relax in the sun…

or play with your remote control car

no matter what the weather (well better not go when raining) it’s a great day out!!  And just today in The Guardian they featured Wells-Next-The-Sea as to “Let’s Move To” section.

Cromer, Norfolk UK: Racing Boats, Planes & Rafts – North Lodge Boating Lake & Henry Blogg Museum

Yesterday the kids & I went up to Cromer to take part in the Children’s Week activities on the North Lodge boating lake.   Just a couple days before, we ran into Sheila, Maebh’s nursery teacher whose sister runs the Children’s Week stuff with her husband. She gave the kids some cute spotted teddies and suggested we go to this event and the ducks on the pier & disco events on Friday (but I had a Dr. appt in Norwich during the events on Friday – so we’d have to miss that day.)

We got there just in time to get the directions on how to build a paper boat – which was so fast I have already forgotten.  The kids were to put them into the water and the first one to blow over to Libby wins. Trouble was that there was no wind so it took much longer than hoped.   And as you expected, some overly competitive parents splashing the water and anything to assist their kids boat to win.

Next up was the task of building a raft with sticks, paper, four cups and tape.  I admit having never done it before it was pure rubbish, I now know for next time we have to build a raft – lol.

Next up was the planes… like the other things a quick demonstration on how to fold it and then the kids got into age groups to fly.  First up was under 5 girls.  Clearly mothers pictured here did the throwing of the planes so their kids would win or place.  This carried on for all age groups and if you asked me it was really bad.

The Greek photographer (and I think chef) who is always smiling & very well-know in Cromer was suddenly on the ground taking photos so I had a big chuckle at that until his big camera scraped across the ground as he was getting up – yikes!

When we had enough, we spent some time in the Henry Blogg Museum where the kids love to spell CROMER with the flags, then upstairs for some Fire Brigade bad design which Soren drew the Colorado forest fires – I’ll take a photo and post – it was awesome and 100% his idea!   I’ve been here so many times and each time you learn something new.

On the way out, Maebh says – “Hey mom, such a beautiful view, don’t ya think?”  One of my favorites!!

Showing friends & Family around Sheringham, North Norfolk, UK

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂
As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.
We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.
Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂

As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.

We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.

Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

RNLI Cromer Life Boat Open Day & Overstrand Beach

Today was the RNLI Cromer Life Boat Day.  Having missed it last year due to work, this year I really wanted to attend.  While we were there before 11 am, I underestimated the number of people on the end of the pier and inside so it was impossible to view it from the end.  Nils had Soren on his shoulders and got a great view, while Maebh and I went towards the East side and had a great view of the demonstrations once the boat launched.

They started off by demonstrated the inshore lifeboat. First a lifeguard swam from the end of the pier (where the lifeboat launches) and swam quite a distance towards two men in a dingy. She pretended to be a swimmer needing help and they launched the inshore boat.  It was only about 20 seconds from when the engine started until they were at the swimmer – very impressive.

They then followed on with several other demonstrations – all were neat to see. We watched some from the pier and some from the shore.

We finally ran into Lise & her kids – so they all took a ride on the teacups!  We had to ask the guy to stop spinning them as he was going a bit fast.  lol

We watched how the boat is put back into the station.

On the way back, we stopped and watched the Yow Yow’s play a bit before having a stroll on the pier where Soren showed the other kids how to pick up crabs and then on to the Henry Blogg Museum.

After the day in Cromer, it was approaching low tide, so just our family set off for Overstrand Beach to swim and have an afternoon at the sea and play on all the open sands.  Such a great beach at low tide – not many people, plenty of space to spread out and play bocci ball & run, run, run!

Buggy Fun at Wells-Next-The Sea

Yesterday we took Soren’s new remote control super buggy to Wells-Next-The-Sea for the kids to run around and try it out.  They had a great time – loads of laughs, Christmas hats and eight muddy shoes.

As I said before, North Norfolk is so wide-open.  Yes there were others on the beach, but it was like we were alone with miles and miles of sand, water and blue skies.

As we were down near the water, Nils spotted some black seals popping around and playing.

The big winter storm of Dec 6th hit Wells beach pretty hard too.  You’ll see the two large mounds were reduced down to small hills and those hills, I’m sure saved so many of the huts on the far end.

There was loads of sand was pushed up to the huts and some of the huts were damaged quite badly and several were removed.  The ones when you first arrive on the beach were hit the worst.

And my favorite hut of all – the yellow and white stripped one had some damage done to it, but the huts on both sides were totally destroyed.

This above photo I took in May when we were there visiting with Jana, Philip, Stefan and Tobias.

Back to the reason for the trip – play buggy which was a huge hit.  The kids took turns riding it around, chasing it, etc.

 

Weybourne Beach – Late Afternoon Visit

Yesterday when Nils & the kids picked me up from work, we decided to pop over to Weybourne Beach for a little walk along the cliffs to take advantage of the warmer weather.  At 16.5 degrees (50F), it was a lovely to not have to bundle up.  He has his iPhone, so I was able to take some photos. 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived, the kids didn’t want to walk along the cliffs, rather run up & down the shingles and throw stones in the ocean.

 

Soren spotted a huge crab and was holding him and then spotted another, really large one.  When he was holding it, suddenly it started to move – it was ALIVE!  So we tossed it back into the ocean so it can hopefully live.  Thankfully he didn’t get pinched as he was really huge. Poor guy was probably going to die stuck up on the rocks had Soren not come along.

 

 

 

Lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place – amazing Norfolk beaches and wide open skies!